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2019 MORGAN AWARD WINNERS!

May. 9, 2019—Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Henrietta Hickman Morgan Memorial Award for First-Year Writers! Thanks, too, to all who submitted their work for consideration. As always, the Morgan Award committee reviewed an impressive array of submissions from Vanderbilt’s first-year students and was honored by the chance to see the fruits of our students academic...

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Inspiration, Renewal at the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Writing Symposium

Apr. 13, 2017—by Adrian Larbi-Cherif, Deann Armstrong, and Peter Capretto April 10, 2017   T.S. Eliot remarked that “April is the cruellest month.” In late March and early April, students are elbows deep into the academic year, and beginning to think about final exams as they struggle to solidify summer internship or employment plans. Professors often have...

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WS BLOG: Making Moves that Matter

Jan. 12, 2017—Making Moves that Matter: Argumentation and Word Choice in Academic Writing BY Deann Armstrong (Vanderbilt Writing Studio Fellow for 2016-2017)   Each fall, in workshops titled “Transitioning to College Writing,” Vanderbilt Writing Studio consultants teach “stasis,” “destabilization,” and “resolution” to rooms full of first-year students.1 These three terms, which we call “three moves of academic...

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New Graduate Writers' Accountability Group offered by the Center for Student Wellbeing

Sep. 2, 2016—The Writing Studio is glad to spread the word that Vanderbilt’s Center for Student Wellbeing has started a Writers’ Accountability Group for graduate students. See poster for details: Graduate Writers’ Accountability Groups  

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Affective Meets Effective: Emotion and Academic Writing

Dec. 8, 2014—By Faith Barter English Writing Fellow for Fall 2014, Vanderbilt Writing Studio As someone who thrives on the semester-long relationships built through classroom teaching, I began my semester as a Writing Studio Fellow with some trepidation. Would I spend the semester making tentative connections with clients I would never see again? It seemed like an...

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“The Thing That You Would Like to Tell”: ESL at the Writing Studio

Apr. 25, 2014—by Kathleen Deguzman English Writing Fellow for Spring 2014, Vanderbilt Writing Studio   According to enrollment information for the 2013 – 2014 academic year, international students constitute just over 9% of the Vanderbilt population.[1] At the Writing Studio, we often work with these students when they seek help on written assignments. In fact, 11% of...

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The Blank Screen and the Blinking Cursor: The Design of Writing

Dec. 6, 2013—  by Andy Hines English Writing Fellow for Fall 2013, Vanderbilt Writing Studio   Invoking the blank screen and the blinking cursor might as well be the writer’s equivalent of Kurtz’s whisper in Joseph Conrad’s “The Heart of Darkness”: “The horror! The horror!” Why? They are the new site of the beginning of a draft,...

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From the Archive: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Consulting Across the Disciplines (Fall 2009)

Sep. 4, 2013—By Megan Minarich (Fall 2009) With the growing trend toward interdisciplinarity in academic settings, one should embrace consulting across the disciplines. Engaging in discourse with someone who is writing in a discipline other than one’s own presents a unique opportunity for growth for both consultants and clients. Consulting across the disciplines forces us consultants to...

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From the Archive: Consulting Across the Disciplines (Fall 2009)

Sep. 4, 2013—By Jennifer Holt, Katherine Fusco, and Gary Jaeger Writing Studio consultants are trained to be good generalist readers. Many of us have even found ourselves committed to the idea that consultants have a significant advantage in conversation when we lack expertise either about an entire field or about the specific material that a writer has...

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From the Archive: Reflections on Dinner and a Draft (Spring 2009)

Sep. 2, 2013—By Erin Bradfield, former Graduate Writing Fellow The aroma of burritos, rice, and tortillas wafted down the hallway.  As six o’ clock approached, a group of students gathered at the Writing Studio in preparation for our session.  I had invited Professor Jonathan Neufeld to talk about his writing process over dinner.  The students in attendance...

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